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TX200 vs HW97K: Sub-12 Edition


I thought it would be a great idea to start the 10,000th TX200 vs. HW97 thread, so here goes. Subject guns are sub-12 FPE .177 examples imported to the U.S. (97K via Krale and TX from Mundiler) since most FT shooters seem to agree these guns shoot best at this power level. The sub-FAC TX gets the shorter shot cycle many seek with a tuning kit in the U.S. thanks to a cocking stroke roughly 1.5 shorter than the FAC version. The 97K isnt significantly compromised in this regard, but I wanted to keep the comparison useful.

FWIW, both Krale (Netherlands) and Mundilar (Portugal) got these to my door in one week flat. Both went through Customs in Cologne. The 97K from Krale also went through Customs in Philadelphia and arrived with the packing and factory boxes ripped apart and the gun fully exposed protected only by the plastic bag from the factory. (No damage but be forewarned. Im guessing some Barney Fife in Philly).

On to the stuff everyone knows, but that I for some reason feel like re-hashing in 2023:

They are both one-holers

The rosewood-capped walnut stock on the TX is among the most beautiful furniture you will see on any longarm.

The TX has deeper black bluing evident primarily in bright sunlight unfortunately where fine scratches from handling at the factory are also evident in my example.

The 97K feels an nth-of-a-millimeter more precisely designed and assembled in every measure. This is immediately felt upon picking it up after handling the TX. The denser beech compared to the walnut on the TX and shorter length are minor contributors to this observation. Cocking is significantly smoother. The trigger is smoother. Theres ever-so-slightly less play in the 97K everywhere. From the solid barrel to the Doc Beeman-hyped Massive Threaded Receiver Cap (the TX gets a much-easier-to-service Massive Non-Threaded Receiver Cap that just doesnt give that billet steel vibe), this is all-business German machinery.

The shot cycle on the TX is significantly smoother than the 97K after break-in -- no doubt down to the Delrin piston bearings. There is no effect on accuracy. (FWIW, out of the box this TX was so over-lubed that white cakes of the stuff formed in the breech after firing. It dieseled and fired harshly but settled down after successive shot-to-shot wipe-downs).

The TX has an inconvenient anti-beartrap button. The 97K has an inconvenient cocking lever button. So do you want to be inconvenienced before or after you cock your gun? Id say its a wash.

The TX trigger is set back compared to the 97K, and the gun comes to the shoulder lower. All of it feels like a better shooting hold to me, but paper-punching results between the two rifles are indistinguishable in my hands.

Executive Summary: One is Ginger. One is Maryanne. You know you want both.

That's why I got both,  I lucked out on the walnut stock on the TX200, fantastic color and grain.   My HW97 started as a thumbhole model and I did not care too much for it, so orderd a Tyrolean stock from CUstom stocks. Put it on my HW77, and the 77 stock on  the 97.       

Henry Bowman:
Well I have the 97K with Blue Laminate stock and a vortex tune kit, as well as a 97 moderator with a Meopta 5 x 15 in.177
 I just got a TX200 HC in Walnut in.22 with the same Meopta Optica 6 5 x 15 so I could see which is better.

For far, the 97 is way better than the TX in a few ways.
 Longer cocking arm means easier to cock.
 Trigger does not have the slight amount of sloppy take up the TX has, although I am sure thats just an adjustment.
The knurling on the TX cocking handle is just enough to rub my palm a bit as I cock it.
 Accuracy on the 97 is a tiny bit better at 25 yards, but I havent tried different pellets in the TX yet...still breaking it in.
 Both are bag guns...too "dang" heavy for field carry, but I have much lighter guns for that.
TX is stunning with the walnut and deep blue, but....BUT ...the palm swell feels a bit off, it is wide enough but deels a bit thin for and aft. The Blue Lam feels much beefier.
Nit picking? Sure but between the two I got almost 2800 bucks in them so I figure I can say what I think. These are great guns both, but..
If pressed to give one up, its the TX200.
 The 97 just seem built better, and shoots better for far. I may change my mind


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